Akira Sato has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Abstract: A plasma etching apparatus includes an upper electrode and a lower electrode, between which plasma of a process gas is generated to perform plasma etching on a wafer W. The apparatus further comprises a cooling ring disposed around the wafer, a correction ring disposed around the cooling ring, and a variable DC power supply directly connected to the correction ring, the DC voltage being preset to provide the correction ring with a negative bias, relative to ground potential, for attracting ions in the plasma and to increase temperature of the correction ring to compensate for a decrease in temperature of a space near the edge of the target substrate due to the cooling ring.
Abstract: An apparatus connected to a printhead has two states and switches between them. In the first state, ink is circulated in a channel of supplying ink from a tank that reserves ink to respective print elements via a common supply fluid channel and a plurality of individual supply fluid channels, and collecting the ink from the respective print elements to the tank via a plurality of individual collection fluid channels and a common collection fluid channel. In the second state, the ink is circulated in a channel of supplying the ink from the tank to the respective print elements via the common collection fluid channel and the plurality of individual collection fluid channels, and collecting the ink from the respective print elements to the tank via the plurality of individual supply fluid channels and the common supply fluid channel.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a communication device, a received data processing portion, a human detection sensor, a sensitivity setting portion, a rest control portion, and a return control portion. The sensitivity setting portion sets, based on content of the job data, the sensitivity of the human detection sensor for a time when specific devices including the received data processing portion are in a predetermined rest state. The rest control portion causes the specific devices to transit to the rest state when a predetermined rest condition is satisfied. The return control portion causes the specific devices to transit from the rest state to a return state when the human detection sensor detects a human body in the situation where the specific devices are in the rest state, wherein larger power is consumed in the return state than in the rest state.
Abstract: An intermediary transfer belt having surface resistivity ?s of 1×109 ?/square or more and volume resistivity ?v of 1×1012 ?·cm or less includes a thermoplastic resin material containing carbon black. The carbon black contained in the thermoplastic resin material has a weight ratio of 22.5-28.5 weight % and include first carbon black and second carbon black. The first carbon black of the carbon black contained in the thermoplastic resin material has a weight ratio of 50-90 weight % and dibutyl phthalate absorption of 93-127 ml/100 g, and the second carbon black of the carbon black contained in the thermoplastic resin material has a weight ratio of 10-50 weight % and dibutyl phthalate absorption of 36-79 ml/100 g.
Abstract: An inkjet printing apparatus includes a print head configured to perform print operation, the print head having an ejection opening surface on which a plurality of ejection openings for ejecting ink are arrayed along an array direction, and a moving unit configured to move the print head between a printing position, at which the print operation is performed, and a standby position, at which the print operation is not performed. The moving unit moves the print head between the printing position and the standby position by performing rotational movement, in which the print head is rotated around a rotation axis that is parallel to the array direction, and linear movement, in which the print head is moved linearly.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a sensor, an operation section, and a controller. The sensor detects a sensor target. The operation section receives an operation instruction. The controller executes a setting process for controlling the sensor. The setting process is a process to adjust a sensitivity of the sensor according to detection precision. The detection precision is a relationship in a first unit period between the number of times the sensor detects the sensor target and the number of times of the operation section receives the operation instruction.
Abstract: A controller of an information processing device changes a current state among standby states including a first standby state, a second standby state, and a third standby state, in which power consumption decreases in this order. When the non-operation duration runs for a first period, the controller changes the current state from the first standby state to the second standby state. When the non-operation duration subsequently runs for a second period, the controller changes the current state from the second standby state to the third standby state. When the sensor detects a detection target in the second standby state or the third standby state, the controller changes the current state to the first standby state. When the non-operation duration runs for a third period starting from state change, the controller changes the current state from the first standby state to the previous standby state.
Abstract: An apparatus includes an upper electrode and a lower electrode for supporting a wafer disposed opposite each other within a process chamber. A first RF power supply configured to apply a first RF power having a relatively higher frequency, and a second RF power supply configured to apply a second RF power having a relatively lower frequency is connected to the lower electrode. A variable DC power supply is connected to the upper electrode. A process gas is supplied into the process chamber to generate plasma of the process gas so as to perform plasma etching.
Abstract: The present invention provides a decorative sheet comprising a transparent resin layer having good scratch resistance, good post-processing resistance, and high transparency, and a method of manufacturing the same. The decorative sheet according to one aspect of the present invention comprises at least a transparent resin layer formed by adding to a transparent olefin-based resin nucleating agent vesicles which are vesicles having a single layer outer membrane and containing a nucleating agent, and the Martens hardness of the transparent resin layer is 40 N/mm2 or higher.
Abstract: LDPC coding is executed using a check matrix of an LDPC code whose code length is 736 bits and whose code rate is 1/4, and modulation is executed using a repetition unit that has an LDPC code obtained by the LDPC coding, repeatedly arranged therein. The LDPC code includes information bits and parity bits, the check matrix includes an information matrix portion corresponding to the information bits and a parity matrix portion corresponding to the parity bits, the parity matrix portion has a stepwise structure, the information matrix portion is indicated by a check matrix initial value table, and the check matrix initial value table is a predetermined table indicating positions of elements of “1” of the information matrix portion for each eight columns. This technique is applicable to, for example, information transmission using the LDPC code.
February 27, 2018
December 26, 2019
Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation, Sony Corporation
Abstract: A connector connecting structure can block liquid leakage outside a liquid-filled case and reduce the size of the device including a number of elements and a liquid sealed case and the number of electrical connection points. A connector connecting structure is provided with a connector AT connector (first connector) fixed to an AT case, an ECU connector (second connector) connected to the AT connector (first connector), a first sealing member sealing a space between the AT case (liquid sealed case) and the AT connector (first connector), and a second sealing member sealing a space between an ECU side housing (second housing) and a male-type terminal (second terminal).
Abstract: Provided is a connection structure and a device composite capable of suppressing terminal wrench while suppressing increase in size and assembly cost. The connector connection structure 1 includes an AT connector (first connector), and an ECU connector (second connector), the ECU side housing (second housing) is provided with a protrusion extending in a connector connection direction, that is, the direction of the terminal connection of a female type terminal (first terminal) and a male type terminal (second terminal), entering the AT side housing (first housing) prior to terminal connection, the AT side housing (first housing) is provided with a guide recess for guiding the terminal connection by entering of the protrusion.
Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a mounting portion for mounting a process cartridge, the process cartridge including a first unit having an image bearing drum, and a second unit having a developing roller, the second unit being movable between a contact position in which the roller contacts the drum and a spaced position in which they are mutually spaced; an engageable member engageable with a force receiving portion provided on the second unit; wherein the engageable member is movable between a first position for maintaining the second unit in the spaced position by engaging with the force receiving portion, a second position for permitting movement of the second unit from the spaced position to the contact position; and a third position for permitting the process cartridge to be mounted, by being pressed by the process cartridge to retract, when the process cartridge is mounted to the mounting portion.
Abstract: Provided is a cast-iron cylindrical member having projections (P) formed integrally with a casted surface (an outer peripheral surface), and a composite structure including the cast-iron cylindrical member and an outer periphery-side member. The cast-iron cylindrical member satisfies: (A) 0.50 mm>a height (H) of the projections (P)?0.20 mm; (B) 180?a total number (N) of the projections (P) per cm2 of the outer peripheral surface?61; (C) the projections (P) include a projection (Pn) having a constricted shape; (D) a ratio (NP) of the projections (Pn) to the projections (P)?50%; (E) a bonding strength index (S) expressed by: S=H2×N×NP is equal to or larger than 310; and (F1) a bonding strength F(Al) obtained when the outer peripheral surface of the cast-iron cylindrical member is cast-in inserted with an aluminum alloy exceeds a boundary bonding strength (Fb) expressed by: Fb=1.325×H2×N?0.75.
Abstract: A mounting apparatus for mounting an electronic component onto a substrate includes: a mounting tool (14) configured to hold the electronic component by a holding surface (14a) as a tip end surface of the mounting tool; a movement mechanism configured to move the mounting tool (14) relatively with respect to the substrate; an angle detection mechanism configured to measure an inclination of a planar-plated measurement jig (64) held by the holding surface (14a); and a controller configured to control driving of the mounting apparatus, wherein during inspection of the holding surface (14a), the controller causes the mounting tool (14) to hold the measurement jig (64), and the angle detection mechanism to measure the inclination of the measurement jig (64). With this, a mounting apparatus capable of measuring a condition of the holding surface of the mounting tool more correctly is provided.
Abstract: A polycondensation product containing a phenolic copolymer useful for a hydraulic-composition dispersant that has stable dispersability and can obtain a prescribed fluidity, including a copolymer obtained by polycondensing a monomeric mixture including compounds A-D of formulas (A)-(D). A hydraulic-composition dispersant containing the product or copolymer. In the formulas, A1O, A2O, A3O, and A4O represent a C2-4 alkylene oxide group; m, n represent a number from 0 to 300 and m+n?1; p, q represent a number from 1 to 300; X represents a hydrogen atom, alkyl group, or C1-24 acyl group; R0, R1 represent a hydrogen atom, alkyl group or alkenyl group; Y1, Y2 represent a hydrogen atom, phosphoester group, or sulfate ester group; Y3 represents a phosphoester or a sulfate ester group; R2 represents a hydrogen atom, carboxyl group, C1-10 alkyl group, C2-10 alkenyl group, phenyl group, napthyl group, or heterocyclic group; r represents a number from 1-100.
Abstract: A manufacturing method for a printed matter exhibiting metallic gloss includes an applying step of applying an ink composition onto a substrate in a form of a droplet by an inkjet method, and the ink composition containing an external stimulus film-forming resin that forms a film by an external stimulus including radiation or heat, and scaly particles containing a metal; a standby step of providing a predetermined standby time to bring the scaly particles close to a surface of the droplet and orient the scaly particles to be substantially parallel to the surface; and a film forming step of forming the film by applying the external stimulus to the ink composition after the standby step to form a metallic glossy layer exhibiting metallic gloss.
Abstract: A plurality of in-vehicle information collecting devices mounted on a plurality of vehicles; a center server to manage each in-vehicle information collecting device as a communication target; and a communication unit to relay communication between each in-vehicle information collecting device and the center server are included. Each in-vehicle information collecting device has an in-vehicle controller to transmit/receive information including vehicle information to/from the center server, and the center server includes a server controller to transmit/receive information to/from each in-vehicle controller. The server controller, when receiving the vehicle information from each in-vehicle controller, analyzes the received vehicle information, generates speed information defining a transmission speed of the vehicle information based on an analysis result, and transmits the generated speed information to each in-vehicle controller.
Abstract: A cartilage-tissue analysis device includes: an illuminating fiber that emits, from a light-emission surface thereof, laser light coming from a laser light source; two light-collecting fibers that receives scattered light at respective light-receiving surfaces the distances from which to the light-emission surface differ from each other; and detector that detects Raman spectra from the scattered light received by the light-collecting fibers. The cartilage-tissue analysis device is configure to: calculate an intensity ratio between two Raman bands originating from cartilage tissue and subchondral bone tissue, respectively, from each of the two Raman spectra; and evaluate a state of the cartilage tissue by selecting, from among the two Raman spectra, a Raman spectrum the intensity ratio of which is within a prescribed range and that analyzes the selected Raman spectrum, to analyze the selected Raman spectrum.
Abstract: An apparatus including through substrate vias (TSVs) used to interconnect stacked chips is described. The apparatus according to an embodiment includes a plurality of first selection lines each extending in a first direction; a plurality of second selection lines each extending in a second direction to cross the plurality of first selection lines; and a plurality of a TSV units disposed in intersections of the plurality of first selection lines and the plurality of second selection lines, respectively. Each TSV unit of the plurality of TSV units includes a TSV; a switch coupled to the TSV; and a selection circuit. The selection circuit is configured to control a switching state of the switch responsive to each of an associated one of the plurality of first selection lines and an associated one of the plurality of second selection lines being set to an active level.